The Allman Brothers Band

Newsletter – Shows & Big House Foundation-O-Gram

Hey there sweet family,

Happy mid-week! Oteil & the Peacemakers are in Raleigh tonight, at the Pour House, and we can hardly contain our joy at seeing them again! Yippee! It’s going to be a great evening … followed by a wonder*full weekend, as we get to travel to Macon to see the band at 550 Blues on Saturday and in church Sunday morning! Double Yippee! … and a side of Whoo hoo!

Speaking of shows this weekend, “Jaimoe’s Jasss Band” is performing live at the Maple Tree Cafe in Simsbury, Ct Friday night, March 9, from 9:30 PM til 1:00 AM. The band features: Jaimoe on drums; Jr. Mack on vocals, & guitar; Dave Stoltz on bass; Matt Zeiner on vocals & keyboards; Jay Collins on sax & vocals; and a suprise & interesting special guest. Jaimoe looks forward to seeing you and wishes you PEACE …

There’s another fun gig happening Friday night – this one in NYC at B.B.King’s where Pimp The Cat will play a post-Ratdog show until 2:30 AM. For those of you unfamiliar with the band, members include Mark Greenberg from Dickey Betts & Great Southern and Dred Scott from Alphabet Soup etc. You may also seen these guys sit in with Ratdog in Central Park and at The Beacon. Anyway, the show Friday at BBK’s is free, free, free! If you feel like spending money, the band’s new DVD will be available for only $10 and they will be giving away a bunch of other cool stuff. Pimp The Cat would love to have you show up, and wishes you PEACE.

And now, a word (or newsletter 😉 ) from the kind and groovy folks at the Big House Foundation:

Friends of the Big House Foundation,

2007 certainly has gotten off to a terrific start for the Big House Foundation, and it is looking like this is going to be a banner year for the BHF and the Allman Brothers Band Museum.

On January 13th, the Big House Foundation, in cooperation with the Macon Independent Restaurant Association (MIRA), held an elaborate dinner and performance at the Armory Ballroom in downtown Macon, with proceeds benefiting the ABB Museum. The hall was filled to capacity, the food was superb, and the music was stellar. Playing that night was Tom’s Hayloft, followed by Chris Hicks, and the headlining Randall Bramblett Band delivered two flawless sets for the appreciative crowd. An auction of some high-end collector’s items from the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Charlie Daniels, R.E.M. and Widespread Panic was held, and a preview of Please Call Home: The Big House Years, the documentary movie about the years the ABB spent at the Big House, was shown. By the time the night was over, $45,000 had been brought into the Foundation coffers. Special thanks to John Griffin, whose boundless energy helped make this event the total success that it was.

Speaking of Please Call Home, a private screening for those involved in the movie and other associates and friends of the Foundation was held at the historic Douglass Theatre on February 7th. Among those in attendance were Gregg Allman, Linda Oakley, Judi Petty, Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell, Kim Payne, Mike Callahan, Tuffy Phillips, Willie Perkins, Alan Walden, Chank Middleton, and Mama Louise Hudson. A splendid time was had by all, and tears of sorrow and joy flowed throughout the showing of the movie. The BHF is in the process of entering the film in various festivals around the country, as well as entertaining distribution options – look for further news about Please Call Home in the coming months.

March Madness, Allman Brothers style, is only a month away. The band’s annual stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City will run from March 22 to April 7, and, once again, the BHF is proud to offer the “Best Seats in the House” ticket auction. You can bid on two seats in the first four rows by going to www.thebighousemuseum.org, and then click on the Auction icon.

We also have several pairs of premium tickets available for every show, including the always-coveted front-row loge seats. To find out more information about purchasing these tickets, you can call E.J. Devokaitis at 706-418-6270, or e-mail him at EJdevo@thebighousemuseum.org.

Also, as many of you know, on Tuesday, March 20th, some of our dear friends and Trustees of the BHF are helping to sponsor a special preview performance by the ABB, and a very limited number of tickets are available through E.J. at the Foundation ticket office.

That’s all for now. The BHF is currently planning the initial renovations of the Big House, which are scheduled to commence early this summer, and we will keep you updated on that and all the other exciting developments with the Allman Brothers Band Museum. We thank you for your support and efforts on behalf of the Foundation, and look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, you can call us at 478-742-7486, or reach us via e-mail at info@thebighousemuseum.org.

Sincerely,
The Big House Foundation Board of Directors
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Well said! Keep on peachin’ on!

Take care and know that you are loved,

Lana and Rowland

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